What will I bring as an offering?4
When you walk into church on Sunday morning, what do you bring as an offering?
I'm not sure how to explain this, but over the last few months, I've been feeling a need for some change in our Sunday times of worship. There is a season for everything, and I believe God is leading me/us/PDR into a season to refocus our worship, to recenter our worship on Jesus Christ. Don' t get me wrong, I don't think we're way off base. I think, as with many things in life, we need an adjustment and reminder that Christ is the center of our worship. And that each of us should be producers of worship not consumers or spectators.
I am reminded of the song "The Heart of Worship" - 'When the music fades, and all is swept away and I simply come...cause it's all about You Jesus'. You may be familiar with the story of how this song came about. In the late 1990s, the author Matt Redman's home church in England was struggling to find meaning in its musical outpouring. The congregation was coming to hear the band, experience the lights, see the spectacle. They decided to get rid of the big sound and full band and ask people to bring an offering of praise themselves. They stopped the music, the big sound and the lights for a time to allow people to bring a sacrifice of praise. There was awkward silence at first, but after a few weeks people would bring their own offerings of worship. They learned what it meant to produce/give worship and glory to God rather than watching and expecting a show.
I believe Paseo del Rey Church is a church who loves to worship Jesus. But if we're honest, I think we sometimes fall into a spectator/consumer role when we come to church. That is why, for the next six Sundays we're going to get back to basics, bringing a sacrifice of praise, singing the words of the songs because we mean them and really offering ourselves as living offerings. I don't know exactly what that will look like - but I encourage you to think and pray about it with me.
I'd invite you, as we share this journey to deeper, meaningful worship to share also your stories of what is teaching you during this time!
So here's what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Romans 12:1 (msg)
And be sure to bring an offering of praise this Sunday!